The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides resources to assist families with energy costs. This federally funded assistance helps in managing costs associated with:
The program is available in all 50 U.S. states, Indian Tribe or Tribal organization and U.S. territories that include: American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The LIHEAP statutes establish 150 percent of the poverty level as the maximum income level allowed in determining LIHEAP income eligibility, except where 60 percent of the state median income is higher. Income eligibility criteria for LIHEAP may not be set lower than 110 percent of the poverty level.
Applicants will need to provide certain documentation to qualify for benefits, including:
Potential applicants can call the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) project for more information on how to apply, or contact their state/territory/tribal LIHEAP office.
The availability of LIHEAP assistance is not guaranteed. Often most of the Federal LIHEAP funds are spent during the winter.
|Incentive Type:||Grant Program|
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|Equipment Requirements:||The LIHEAP program may require households to meet additional eligibility criteria to receive LIHEAP assistance.|
|Name:||42 USC § 8621, et seq.|
|Name:||LIHEAP Tribal Manual|
|Name:||Energy Assistance Hotline|
This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.
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